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Summary

Three years have passed since Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Moriarty vanished into the abyss of the Reichenbach Falls. In that time the criminals of London have been able to sleep safe in their beds.

But the capital has never been in greater need of its protector. And so it is that Dr Watson meets a mysterious deformed man who reveals the truth behind the fateful final conflict between Holmes and Moriarty, and paves the way for the extraordinary return of the world's greatest sleuth in these thirteen tales of mystery and deduction:

The Empty House
The Norwood Builder
The Dancing Men
The Solitary Cyclist
The Priory School
Black Peter
Charles Augustus Milverton
The Six Napoleons
The Three Students
The Golden Pince-Nez
The Missing Three-Quarter
The Abbey Grange
The Second Stain

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A Wonderful Treat!

What a happy combination the marvelous writing of Arthur Conan Doyle bringing Holmes and Watson to life and the wonderful performance by Derek Jacobi. This is a match made in heaven. Some of the stories I knew but it was irrelevant as I was so entranced and engaged with Sherlock Holmes' world. I can only recommend this as the most delicious warm listening. I have two of the other Holmes' books read by Derek Jacobi and they equally enjoyable.

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A return to form

As with the previous editions, Derek Jacobi once again does an amazing job of bringing Sherlock Holmes to life in this collection of stories, starting after Holmes supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls. Starting with Watsons' shoving discovery that Holmes is alive, the stories move along at an even pace. Well worth the money, and perfect to while away long journeys.

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Brilliant

You know Sherlock Holmes. You've seen adaptations on TV, you know his stories. But, listening/reading the books is just wonderful. By reading, you gain a deeper understanding of Holmes, of Watson, of Victorian England and Derek Jacobi is an amazing narrator. He is perfect for the job. So even though you may be familiar with the stories, have a listen and instead of being preoccupied with 'who done it' (cos you probably know already), enjoy the journey and allow Holmes to lead you there in his own unique way.

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Excellent Sherlock

This narrative by Derek Jacobi adds to the delight of this excellent series of stories by the much loved Dr Watson. Highly recommended, a must for all Holmes fans.

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Delightful short stories

Another great outing for Sherlock Holmes. Lots of great short stories from the master of deduction. Highly recommended if you want bitesize, intelligent adventures that exercise the mind. Excellently read by Derek Jacobi.

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Holmes is alive!

This is the third volume of Holmes short stories, and in my opinion the weakest overall, although it still has several good stories in it. Forced by popular sentiment and commercial realities to resuscitate Holmes after the unfortunate drowning incident at the Reichenbach Falls, I always have the feeling that Conan Doyle’s heart wasn’t really in it at this stage – some of these are a bit bland in terms of plot. In the later volumes I feel he got back into his stride and came up with more imaginative and dramatic scenarios – some so imaginative, admittedly, that they test credibility to the breaking point, but more exciting on the whole.

That rather negative introduction shouldn’t put new readers off though – even the weaker Holmes stories are always well worth reading, simply for ACD’s easy, flowing writing style which makes anything he writes a pleasure to read. And the relationship between Holmes and his admiring friend Watson is always a joy.

I listened to Derek Jacobi narrating them this time, and he really is the perfect Watson, as well as creating a full range of voices and personalities for all the other many characters who cross the pages.

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entertaining

Very enjoyable and entertaining I thought the narrator was. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Clever stories greatly enhanced by narrator

Familiar, yet still enjoyable stories dramatized with verve by Derek Jacobi's spirited performance giving different voices to the characters.

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Another Enjoyable listen.

Once again an excellent version of Sherlock Holmes stories. Derek Jacobi was brilliant as a narrator. Definitely recommend this.

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Great stories

loved it, especially read by Derek Jacobi , great voice and tone of a professional

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  • Mrs. Customer
  • 09-03-13

Wonderful!

What did you love best about The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

I loved the way it was read. It was great.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was classic Sherlock Holmes. Wonderful as usual.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite story was "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez" because of it's dramatic ending.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I love this book because you can listen to it in bits and pieces not necessarily all at once.

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  • L. Poirier
  • 14-12-12

Jacobi makes my day

What did you love best about The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

Jacobi's voice and characterizations. Plus Holmes. I love Holmes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of Sherlock Holmes?

Oh, no one moment sticks out. I've loved these stories for decades.

Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. They are all excellent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme.

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  • Carole T.
  • 20-10-12

Holmes to the Rescue!

Through a lot of road trips and sleepless nights, Sherlock Holmes has been a wonderful companion to the members of my family. As interpreted by the brilliant Derek Jacobi, "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" in audio form seems fresh and new. You just can't beat this for sheer joyful escapism!

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  • elizabeth
  • 01-11-20

Vintage Sherlock Holmes

Challenging to listen to, due to the old style English language and some racial undertones, but exactly the amazing stories they were >100 years ago. Great reader.

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  • John
  • 18-05-22

Listen (Even if You Know these Stories by Heart)

I don’t, but several solutions still lingered in the back of my memory, left there from my first listen to the entire Holmes canon some decade ago. It didn’t matter. Derek Jacobi’s splendid performance makes it all new.

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  • Natalie
  • 09-07-21

Great!

Derek Jacobi does a fabulous job capturing Holmes and Watson. I love listening to him.

Sherlock’s short stories are always my fave. Lots of fun!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-21

nothing more to say

five stars all the way. characterizations are great, very clear to hear who's talking at any given time. stories are of the usual standard. derrek jacobi for me is the ultimate Sherlock Holmes narrator.

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  • armywifeintexas
  • 16-03-21

love the narrator.

the narrator brought the story to life but was also soothing and relaxing at the same time

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  • Sandra
  • 11-01-21

Cozy mystery must

These classic cozy mysteries are worth listening to again from THIS NARRATOR! Auditory and cognitive Lindor Truffles!!

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  • Munster
  • 04-01-21

A series of short mysteries

A compilation of short stories, these were great to listen while working or driving. Keeps you guessing as to who did it, why, or both. Found it mentally challenging to try and figure out the case before it was revealed. While interesting, a few cases were rather tedious and I had to take a break at one point. Overall I liked it, it is interesting to hear the original mysteries of Arthur C. Doyle and where shows like Sherlock, Elementary, and others drew their inspiration. Sometimes quite liberally....